I have to admit, I haven’t been keen on NYE parties since 2000. Then again, I did spend it surrounded by cops in the living room of some random high school girl who was so drunk the cops demanded we turn over “whatever drugs she’s on.” No one had any drugs, and after a .000 breathalyzer test, my very disappointed father whisked me to the car and proclaimed my social life to be “over.”
A lot has changed since. After spending the last few years tasting insane amounts of wine for work, I’ve decided NYE can indeed transcend the basic notion of intoxication. In fact, with the right sparkling wine and the right people you can have a memorable night without paying $75 for an “all-you-can-drink” package. I mean, you’re really paying to see what everyone had for dinner on the bathroom floor. Sorry, but it’s true.
Okay, glad we’re on the same page.
By the way, Champagne is from Champagne, France—everything else is sparkling wine. I know, not everyone wants to spend $40+ on a bottle for one night, so we lined up some surprisingly tasty and economical options. READ MORE